What I loved was the diversity of ideas explored and the diversity and number of actors involved. - Susan Allen.

inspiraTO's 14th Playwriting Contest is now open!

Canada's largest ten-minute play festival is gearing up for its 14th season. Voices need to be heard. Stories need to be seen. Theatre needs to be experienced. This year's theme: Outcast. Submit a ten-minute play to inspiraTO's Playwritng Contest and see your story on stage. Deadline to submit: November 20, 2018. Details here. 



Over 100 theatre artists and 30 production volunteers taking part each season. There are so many ways to be involved.


Be part of the Director’s Toolbox Program: Learn the craft of directing. Direct a play in the festival.  Weekend intensive: Jan. 11 -13.  Other key dates: May 21 (7 to 9 pm), June 3 (6:30 to 9:30 pm) plus rehearsal and tech times. Deadline to apply: Nov. 19. This is your chance!  Details here.    

NEW: inspiraTO Unhinged. Get inspired! One of the shows at next year’s festival will be based on a lottery system (6 individuals/theatre companies will be drawn), with 100% of the ticket sales going to the artists. Details here.

Call for guest directors posted in January 2019. Details here.

Open call for auditions posted in February 2019 (auditions held in March). Details here.

 30 production crew and volunteer opportunities: Ongoing. Details here.  

Presenting the 2018 inspiraTO Festival actors and supporting crew — the joy of live theatre!

Thank you to all those who made inspiraTO a worthwhile experience.

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I had no idea that such an art form was ripe for both artist and audience members.
It is an art form whose time has come.
— Ydessa Hendeles

Theatre inspiraTO, the producers of the inspiraTO Festival, Canada's largest ten-minute play festival, is entering its 14th year. Each season, playwrights from around the globe submit a ten-minute play based on a theme. The inspiraTO Festival is held in Toronto in late May/early June and provides over 100 theatre artists an opportunity to participate, network, learn and grow their craft.